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This week’s top travel news stories:

British Airways doubles flights to San Diego and boosts Kingston, Las Vegas, Orlando and Vancouver – extra Avios seats bookable

Free Greggs sausage rolls are back for LNER app users!

Other British Airways and Avios news: adds up to £700 of new charges to Aer Lingus redemptions

Why you shouldn’t use Avios for Club Europe redemptions from London City Airport

What do you do if British Airways suspects you of selling Avios and closes your account?

How to earn Avios with NH Hotels and nhow

How do you get a British Airways Premier card?

British Airways Premier card

Credit card news:

Get up to £100 cashback with two new Marriott offers from American Express

Get £200 off Etihad flights with the latest Amex cashback offer

Hotel news:

Save 15% on IHG One Rewards redemptions at new hotels

Public sector worker? Get 25% off UK and European Hilton hotels

Hilton opens its first Spark hotel – but what is Spark?

Are the Accor hotel subscription cards worth it?

Marriott Bonvoy has released more O2 concerts for redemption

Earn double points with IHG Business Rewards

Marriott Bonvoy: get a soft landing in 2024 if you don’t requalify

Latest reviews:

Our series of United Airlines reviews concludes with a full review of United’s Polaris long haul business class product. Image above.

We also review the impressive Polaris lounge in San Francisco as well as the United / Air Canada arrivals lounge at Heathrow.

Rob reviews the newly refurbished Carlton Cannes – a Regent Hotel and part of IHG. It was one of the most anticipated hotel (re)openings of 2023, but what’s it like?

Carlton Cannes hotel review

Other interesting articles:

Air Belgium will enter into insolvency protection

Travelzoo football deals are back – very cheap hospitality packages available

Which regional airports have Emerald Airlines Aer Lingus flights to Ireland and Northern Ireland?

Stansted Express returns to four trains per hour

Get 30,000 Virgin Points with the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ credit card

REMINDER: Get 30,000 Virgin Points with the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ credit card!

Virgin Atlantic is currently running a special offer for its Virgin Money-issued Reward+ credit card.

For a limited period you will get 30,000 Virgin Points (usually 15,000 points) if you take out the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ credit card. You will get 15,000 points after your first purchase and a further 15,000 points if you spend £3,000 within 90 days.

There is no special deal on the free Virgin Atlantic Reward credit card. This card has no sign-up bonus.

This offer runs until 2nd October.  You can apply here. Our article on the offer is here.

That’s all, folks

Our latest round-up of miles and points offers closing soon is here.

Don’t forget to visit our forum if you have any questions relating to frequent flyer or hotel loyalty programmes or loyalty credit cards.

See you next Saturday.

Rob, Rhys and Sinead @ Head for Points

Comments (4)

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  • JohnTh says:

    Typo – Link to London City article has dropped the “n’t” from “shouldn’t”..

  • Nick whitfield says:

    Who won the virgin cruise and points ? Thought there would be a big announcement

  • David says:

    Not sure where else to put this: did anyone else notice that the earning rate on Avios Hotels has dropped from 15 Avios/£ spent to 10 Avios? Still not necessarily an unattractive proposition for those who like to keep simple , don’t use hotels frequently and don’t want to be tied to one group but a devaluation to be regretted.

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